There Is Some Fun Design Stuff Going on This Weekend

Choose from an open house at Albany Carroll Arts Building, a great trunk show at Asrai Garden, or tricks and treats at Randolph Street Market.

Photograph: Courtesy of Tamar Mogendorff

Check out one of these fun happenings this weekend:

Randolph Street Market is this Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days), and it’s all about Halloween. Most vendors are bringing spooky decor and the candy will be just as abundant as the vintage furniture, art, and accessories. Located at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Ave. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the gate.  

The Albany Carroll Arts Building (319 N. Albany Ave.) is having its annual open house this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to wander through some amazing artists’ studios and buy artwork and furnishings directly from the makers. Ted Harris, a beloved local lamp maker, who concocts lighting out of skis, jigsaws, and just about everything else (and is also a painter), always has some great finds at his studio. A directory will be posted at the building.

Asrai Garden, the Wicker Park flower shop that makes your feel like you’re in Paris, is having a trunk show Saturday, noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6. Meet the designers behind Coral & Tusk (awesome textiles and pillows) and Great Lakes Goods (cute cards and other paper goods), as well as the fabulous Tamar Mogendorff, who sews beautiful creatures for the home, such as the one shown here. Oh, I almost forgot: You’ll see some gorgeous flowers, too—shop owner Elizabeth Cronin has a truly unique eye.

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